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Taking Breaks

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Went for a walk - it cleared my head --- and gave me a much needed break from sitting at my desk. I'm happy I got my cardio in - but here is the really great part ---- I wanted to go for the walk. I had to postpone it for a couple of meetings, but I did get there.

I also stopped at a stationery store on the way back and bought a couple of pick-me-ups. I need to do this more often!! I love cards, and I enjoyed laughing at all of the silly messages in the store.

I love that I kept my promise to work out and I did it! WOO HOO!

  
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MUGGLE_MOM 3/4/2010 9:32PM

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You totally Rock!
Great job keeping your promise to yourself!

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KOBER9999 3/4/2010 7:52PM

    Good for you!!

NO, No... GREAT FOR YOU!

Keep it up!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 3/4/2010 5:22PM

    Don't get me near Office Depot or a Hallmark store. I am like a guy in the tool department at Sears. I make noises and could spend the entire day in there. Now they even added a riding cart.
Erin

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FRANNIEDID 3/4/2010 4:09PM

    emoticon emoticon You are the girl!!!

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DATARN 3/4/2010 3:57PM

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YESITSDEB 3/4/2010 3:50PM

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YOU GO GIRL!

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It's Real

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I woke up with leg cramps at 4am, and decided I would putter around and stretch this a.m. instead of going to the gym. I'm committed to doing a walk later around campus and I may in venture into town.

Read some inspiring blogs this am (esp. 330poundwoman which you can also find under "popular blog posts" today. It made me realize that my journey is very real, and changes that I am experiencing in many facets of my life are coming because I am treating myself differently. I am making time to exercise because I am worth it. I am eating more healthfully because it makes me feel physically better. I am setting goals for myself (and meeting them) because I am always up for a challenge and in reaching them I get so happy my head could explode (that would be messy).

What great thing am I going to do for myself today? I am going to make sure I max out on fruits and veggies today. They also keep me fuller longer. I'm going to stop at the grocery store tonight to re-stock apples and grapes so I can keep my great streak going. I'm going to get my work done but not without having a time out to stop and smell the roses. :)

My body is changing and so am I. It's a good thing.

  
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JOKNOWS 3/4/2010 2:00PM

    emoticonHooray for you. Those are all the right steps toward becoming a healthier you. As you incorporate those ideas into your daily routine, they will become easier and easier to do. Also thank you again for the nice comment on my blog. And thanks for the compliment about my writing. You are emoticon

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YESITSDEB 3/4/2010 9:46AM

    I am so excited to see the postive impact this journey is having on you. You deserve it! Here's to another great day emoticon

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DONNAEDA 3/4/2010 8:51AM

    Congratulations on your healthy lifestyle. You are in a groove. It it wonderful, and I am so happy for you.

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MUGGLE_MOM 3/4/2010 6:47AM

    Great blog. What a wonderful thing to think about in the morning.

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PALEAN 3/4/2010 5:50AM

    What a great, positive blog to read early this AM. Positivity is contagious, and your motivation, your embrace of nurturing yourself is so impressive. May we all do that, and feel better, in all aspects, more!! I love your sentence...sometime I'm so happy I could explode!! What a wonderful feeling to be aware of and truly appreciate. Thanks for the positive start to today!

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TATTER3 3/4/2010 5:49AM

    Starting young, you will have a much better chance at avoiding all of the side effects of unhealthy choices in lifestyle. You can accomplish your goals. Take it step at a time and enjoy the journey!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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Back on the Bike

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Alarm goes off. Followed by snooze button. Alarm. Snooze. Alarm. Snooze. I'm tired. My head hurts. I don't want to get up. I could sleep 2 more hours before I "really" have to go to work. I roll up and out. I remember telling my husband this morning that I just "cannot go off track." I have my momentum back and I am using it and building on it.

I had a trainer who once told me that there will be plenty of days where you don't feel like working out. Do it anyway. This is where the tide has turned for me. I am seeing a deep value in consistency -- much more than just putting up great numbers or having a very sweaty workout. These are good things too, but one of the things I am focusing on is keeping consistent. So I got my buttocks out of bed and drove to the gym in the 5am hour. I rode the bike for 22 mins and then began my strength training. I'm on track with keeping my personal promises to myself this week, and on track with my program. I did triceps, chest press, shoulder press and row. This is a very good start for me. I gave myself extra credit for going when I didn't feel like moving around, and also for going out in the light rain/wet snow. It feels good when you keep your word to yourself. I am proud of myself for getting up and getting it done already.

I kind of cut it close for breakfast timing so as soon as I walked in the door at home, I put my oatmeal in the microwave. I ate a little turkey for protein and took my oatmeal to go in the car to drive to work. It was a bit of a novelty eating oatmeal at red lights while driving, but I have to say it is just another sign to me that I am really back on the road to success. I am doing things that work for me, and fitting them into my lifestyle. I can do this, and I am doing this.

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DATARN 3/3/2010 10:41AM

    YAY - you have inspired me!! You go girl!!
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YESITSDEB 3/3/2010 10:14AM

    emoticon You deserve TONS of credit for your choices today. I'm impressed! Might need to have a portable breakfast option on hand for the next time your running a little late emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 3/3/2010 10:03AM

    Totally Awesome!

Consistency is definitely key! You go girl! You're doing it!

Besides, if you eat oatmeal at red lights, it takes a lot longer and feels like you're eating more... Right?

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JESSBOND 3/3/2010 9:43AM

    That is great and takes lots of courage to wake up that early to exercise! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/3/2010 9:25AM

    Fantastic! Consistency is definitely the key! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 3/3/2010 8:59AM

    You go girl!!!!!!!!!! In fact you just got me off the chair and into the gym. Bye

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Had to give a pep talk

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

What a funny turn of events after I was feeling blue this a.m.

One of my University students came to do some work with me this a.m. - and while here had a meltdown before my eyes, repeating that same overwhelmed scenario that I just blurted out a little while ago. It was ironic to find myself in those shoes of having to tell her to step back and examine the situation with fresh eyes, and know that this will come to pass. That she will have a very bright future and one person's assessment of whether you deserve (to be in their grad school) is not the end all and be all of who you are.

Sound familiar, Mar? Ha ha. I took a moment and recited the serenity prayer to her and talked about how I have feelings of overwhelm too and it grounds me. I did not give her any earth-shattering advice, but I was able to share a bit of my struggles in her shoes, and have her feel that she is not alone, she is an amazing girl and she will succeed. Oddly enough, it also felt like I was talking in the mirror.

It's weird when things work out like that, huh?

  
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NJAHAN01 3/2/2010 10:51PM

    Sometimes giving advice is much easier than receiving advice. You did an amazing thing and it's so nice to know that you are will to do that.

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DONNAEDA 3/2/2010 6:13PM

    What a blessing it was for her to find you. You are awesome. Ours struggles also bring us lessons to learn. It sounds like you learned yours and shared your growth with her. You go girl!!!!!!!!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 3/2/2010 3:13PM

    Wbat a beautiful experience.

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/2/2010 12:52PM

    Amazing!

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YESITSDEB 3/2/2010 12:50PM

    Isn't it amazing what we see when you look in the mirror? Good for you for recognizing and articulating your feelings today. It is going to be one day at a time and we'll all have our low days. You have loads of SP friends to help pick you up when needed. One thing your NOT, is in this alone. Make it a great day! emoticon emoticon

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Seeking serenity

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I vaguely feel like I am having a crisis. I am overwhelmed at work. I am not happy with the state of my relationship with my husband. And I am not overhauling my life as quickly as I want it to be done. Aaaaaaah!

I can stay focused and taking it one step at a time, but sometimes it is hard to slow down and take things one step at a time. Do you ever feel like you are being swallowed up by the big picture?

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  
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MICKEYMAX 3/2/2010 9:38AM

    Thanks ladies. :) I know that "this too shall pass." (when did I start sounding like my mother?)

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LOOZINITNOW 3/2/2010 9:29AM

    I have been swallowed by my self pity! It got me nowhere! Give it to God and do the best that you can!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/2/2010 9:04AM

    Yes, I do and I am also another one that needs to print the Serenity Prayer and post it up in my cubicle at work.
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DJS-DEBBIE 3/2/2010 8:58AM

    Ever feel like that? Heck, I could have written this! I was just thinking last week that I need to print out the Serenity Prayer and post it by my desk at work.

Hang in there ~ it will get better!
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